1. Open Access Archaeology Digest #542

    Open Access (free to read) archaeology articles for everyone:

    Excavations at Mumrills Roman Fort, 1958-60
    http://bit.ly/1d0D3Vx

    Interview with Mike Parker Pearson
    http://bit.ly/1uPdY5J

    Report on a large hoard of Anglo-Saxon Pennies, in Silver, found in the Island of Islay;
    http://bit.ly/10wo106

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  2. Open Access Archaeology Digest #541

    Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles for anyone and everyone:

    Recent work on the prehistory of the Western Solomons, Melanesia
    http://bit.ly/1hd6KR2

    Notice of Three Micmac Flint Arrow-Heads, from Merigomish Harbour, on the Northern Coast of Nova Scotia, now presented to the Museum.
    http://bit.ly/19483iK

    Yesterday and Today: Anthropological Research into the Cupeño of Southern California
    http://bit.ly/1qOP0DQ

    Some Notes on the Family of Shireburne of Stonyhurst
    http://bit.ly/116nTXI

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  3. Open Access Archaeology Digest #540

    Open Access (free to read) articles on archaeology:

    Saxon and medieval settlement pattern in the region of Chalton, Hampshire
    http://bit.ly/18v3fp3

    The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford
    http://bit.ly/111Xirg

    [HOMINID EXPANSIONS, DATES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CORRELATES] Environment and the distribution of sites in the Japanese Palaeolithic; environmental zones and cultural areas
    http://bit.ly/16AiA1y

    The Growth of Architecture: being the address at the opening meeting of the Architectural Section at the Shrewsbury Meeting
    http://bit.ly/16MBpPW

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  4. Open Access Archaeology Digest #539

    Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles for anyone and everyone:

    Account of ‘The Dane’s Dyke,’ an ancient Camp at Fife-Ness
    http://bit.ly/YTOw0V

    Tourism economics in an age of turbulence
    http://bit.ly/1lvKyIF

    Agriculture in Aboriginal Australia: Why Not?
    http://bit.ly/16owqXM

    On the Regnal Years of David II.
    http://bit.ly/14sFwDO

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  5. Open Access Archaeology Digest #538

    Get your Open Access (free to read) archaeology fix:

    Un edificio medioevale a Piazza Ss. Apostoli a Roma .
    http://bit.ly/1qHSBDG

    Overview of Archaeology at Edwards AFB, California, 1984 to 1989
    http://bit.ly/1awwh6E

    Roman Camden
    http://bit.ly/12WyLVq

    Mesolithic occupation at Castlehill of Strachan, Kincardine and Deeside
    http://bit.ly/11kgTD1

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  6. Open Access Archaeology Digest #537

    Todays Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:

    An Attempt to Decipher and Explain the Inscriptions on the Newton Stone.
    http://bit.ly/ZayEHD

    Misure di resistività mediante OhmMapper finalizzate allo studio del sito di Torraccia di Chiusi
    http://bit.ly/O6LeVW

    On some peculiar Cupped Stones found in the parish of Colmonell, Ayrshire.
    http://bit.ly/10AcFr4

    History v. Archaeology: the City of London on the eve of the Great Fire of 1666, a case study
    http://bit.ly/11lPDrv

    Some Observations regarding the Use of Armorial Bearings by the Native Families of Orkney.
    http://bit.ly/172kk4K

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  7. Open Access Archaeology Digest #536

    Get your Open Access (free to read) archaeology fix:

    A Romantic folly to Romantic folly: the Glenfinnan Monument reassessed.
    http://bit.ly/19LMxAI

    Tell el-Balamun 2010
    http://bit.ly/1nJAI2V

    Inscribed Runic Ring
    http://bit.ly/10wo106

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  8. Open Access Archaeology Digest #535

    A nice batch of Open Access (free to read) articles:

    The Churchyards of Prestonpans.
    http://bit.ly/10AcFr4

    Historic Towns
    http://bit.ly/13PTQRK

    Further urns and cremation burials from Brackmont Mill, near Leuchars, Fife
    http://bit.ly/XkIUyH

    The Origins of Political Order and the Anglo-Saxon State
    http://bit.ly/15yEWC5

    A seventeenth-century coin-pendant from Bacton, Norfolk and its ornament
    http://bit.ly/13mpeIL

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  9. Open Access Archaeology Digest #534

    Today’s list of Open Access (free to read) articles:

    Recent Discoveries in Arran.
    http://bit.ly/15zQaId

    An Account of the Excavation of the Stone Circle at Loanhead of Daviot, and of the Standing Stones of Cullerlie, Echt, both in Aberdeenshire, on behalf of H.M. Office of Works.
    http://bit.ly/141zKJS

    On the Gad-Whip Service, at Broughton, Lincolnshire
    http://bit.ly/16ldwyg

    Notice of a Sculptured Stone in the Isle of Man, with Representation of Sigurd Fafni’s Bane.
    http://bit.ly/19483iK

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  10. Open Access Archaeology Digest #533

    Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:

    Preliminary Analysis of Faunal Remains from Four Sites on Santa Cruz Island
    http://bit.ly/ZcTJVB

    Sparrow-pie, anyone?
    http://bit.ly/12xobU9

    Note of a Sculptured Stone recently discovered at Roseneath.
    http://bit.ly/14sFwDO

    Pictish Sculpture from Reay
    http://bit.ly/151L7lh

    Excavations at Smailholm Tower, Roxburghshire
    http://bit.ly/12jWmBK

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  11. theolduvaigorge:

    An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears

    • by Jayne Wilkins, Benjamin J. Schoville and Kyle S. Brown

    Stone-tipped weapons were a significant innovation for Middle Pleistocene hominins. Hafted hunting technology represents the development of new cognitive and social learning mechanisms within the genus Homo, and may have provided a foraging advantage over simpler forms of hunting technology, such as a sharpened wooden spear. However, the nature of this foraging advantage has not been confirmed. Experimental studies and ethnographic reports provide conflicting results regarding the relative importance of the functional, economic, and social roles of hafted hunting technology. The controlled experiment reported here was designed to test the functional hypothesis for stone-tipped weapons using spears and ballistics gelatin. It differs from previous investigations of this type because it includes a quantitative analysis of wound track profiles and focuses specifically on hand-delivered spear technology. Our results do not support the hypothesis that tipped spears penetrate deeper than untipped spears. However, tipped spears create a significantly larger inner wound cavity that widens distally. This inner wound cavity is analogous to the permanent wound cavity in ballistics research, which is considered the key variable affecting the relative ‘stopping power’ or ‘killing power’ of a penetrating weapon. Tipped spears conferred a functional advantage to Middle Pleistocene hominins, potentially affecting the frequency and regularity of hunting success with important implications for human adaptation and life history” (read more/open access).

    (Open access sourcePLoS ONE 9(8): e104514, 2014)

  12. Open Access Archaeology Digest #532

    A nice batch of Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:

    A Dwelling Site of the Earlier Iron Age at Ballevulin, Tiree, excavated in 1912 by A Henderson Bishop
    http://bit.ly/157JP8d

    Excavation of two cairns, a cist and associated features at Sanaigmhor Warren, Islay, Argyll and Bute.
    http://bit.ly/19LMxAI

    Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire
    http://bit.ly/10Pzvfm

    Signet of Q. Cornelius Lupus
    http://bit.ly/17vAfOw

    Excavations in Old Town, Croydon
    http://bit.ly/1gzqJs1

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  13. Open Access Archaeology Digest #531

    Learn more about Archaeology, History, Anthropology, etc. Open Access (free to read) articles:

    Note on an unprovenanced palstave
    http://bit.ly/12PbkOG

    Roman Inscriptions found in Britain in 1884
    http://bit.ly/176Wffy

    Antiquity of marine fishing in South-east Queensland
    http://bit.ly/1twTD83

    As similar as black and white: steelmaking crucibles from South and Central Asia
    http://bit.ly/1twTDos

    St. Vedast revealed
    http://bit.ly/13mlOae

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  14. Open Access Archaeology Digest #530

    Open Access (free to read) archaeology articles for everyone:

    The Evolution of the ‘Barbareño’ Chumash
    http://bit.ly/1pNtOML

    Sora (Loc. S. Giuliano) Piazza Cav. Annunziata. Una villa tardoantica e una necropoli altomedievale.
    http://bit.ly/1pJZdCi

    On the Early Working of Alabaster in England
    http://bit.ly/19JWOg8

    Marcus Cocceius Firmus: An epigraphic study
    http://bit.ly/YlUBQE

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  15. Open Access Archaeology Digest #529

    Lots of great Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:

    A Late Bronze Age Hoard from Welby, Leicestershire
    http://bit.ly/11ut5od

    The Reigate Stone Research Project
    http://bit.ly/14wu3o1

    The Gallo-Roman cremation cemeteries of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - initial findings of current research
    http://bit.ly/W7GNi3

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